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Thursday 25 August 2022 at 7.30pm
Saturday 27 August 2022 at 2pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Yeol Eum Son piano


Thomas Adès Exterminating Angel Symphony (Australian premiere)
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Sibelius Symphony No.5

About this performance

The MSO is joined by internationally in-demand pianist Yeol Eum Son for a program featuring masterpieces from the early 20th century and an Australian premiere.

  • A collection of society characters find themselves inextricably trapped together at a post-opera party in Thomas Adès’ Exterminating Angel Symphony. This orchestral work brings together excerpts from his 2016 opera of the same name, based on the 1962 film by surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel.
  • Ravel knew what he wanted to avoid in his Piano Concerto in G: drama for drama’s sake. “It has been said of certain classics that their concertos were written not ‘for’ but ‘against’ the piano. I heartily agree.” Ravel elegantly contrasts vibrant jazz-influenced passages with a sparse and heartfelt second movement.
  • Sibelius revised his Fifth Symphony twice after its 1915 premiere, at a concert celebrating his fiftieth birthday. The final edit condensed the original first two movements into one. The finale features the achingly beautiful ‘swan hymn’ featuring striking intervals in the horns.

Duration: approx. 100 minutes including interval

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